T. Belman. I watched part of the Senate hearings on David Friedman and felt sorry for him as he was made to eat his words, words that many of us agree with including J Streeters being like kapos. So I am posting this article on a speech he gave in Jerusalem with me in the audience. This is what he and Trump have agreed on. We have yet to see if they can stand by these words.
In the hearings, Friedman was taken to task for saying that the State Department is anti-semetic and has been since Israel was created and even before. The Senators were outraged that he should have said such a thing. Friedman was forced to bob and weave and obfuscate to get out from under their glare. But the truth is that he spoke the truth about the state Department.
David Friedman, Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel, told a Jerusalem rally in October that Trump will not force a two-state solution on Israel.
By Allison Kaplan Sommer, HAARETZ DEC 16/16
Twelve days before the United States presidential election in November, David Friedman stood on a rooftop with a glorious view of the Old City of Jerusalem to address a rally organized by Donald Trump supporters living in Israel.
For those who took Friedman’s words seriously in his October 27 speech, the news that Trump, now the president-elect, plans to buck the policies of past Republican and Democratic presidents and move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem should come as no surprise.
Nor will it be a surprise that Friedman, then a Trump adviser on Israel and the Middle East, was Thursday named by the incoming president as the next U.S. ambassador to Israel.
Friedman not only stated in his speech that the embassy would be moved to Jerusalem, but described a scene that sounded like a television mash-up of “The West Wing” and Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice.” In Friedman’s colorful description, Trump would make “anti-Semitic and anti-Israel” government “lifers” pay for their sins, “Apprentice”-style, if they dared to push back against his intention to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s “eternal capital” by moving its embassy there.
“In 1995, Congress enacted a law that required the U.S. to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Friedman explained. “1995, that’s 21 years ago. It hasn’t happened. Why? Because the law provides that the requirement for the embassy to be moved can be waived at the desire of the State Department. The same State Department that has been anti-Semitic and anti-Israel for the past 70 years”
“Every president gets elected and he says to the State Department — what about this law, should we move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and they say ‘absolutely not, absolutely not,’” Friedman continued.
“The lifers in the State Department are absolutely, positively committed to never moving the embassy to Jerusalem. What’s different about Donald Trump? You all know Donald Trump. If there is anybody in the world politics who could stand up to the State …read more